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Paper Route’s 2012 sophomore long-player sounds light-years ahead of its 2009 debut, Absence. Aside from a tour between albums, this could be attributed to the fact that before recording The Peace of Wild Things, the Nashville trio moved into the same dwelling: an old plantation house dubbed “Joy Mansion.” It was there that J.T. Daly, Chad Howat, and Gavin McDonald honed their craft to such perfection that the opening synth-pop anthem, “Love Letters,” plays with the assured confidence and refined musicianship of a third or fourth studio album. Without former band member Andy Smith, who provided Prince-inspired falsettos, Daly ramps up his range as heard in the chorus of “Better Life,” a romantic tune with retro synthesizers and a heaving refrain that could accompany an '80s Brat Pack movie. “You and I” is a salient single that similarly invokes memories of Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark and INXS’ contribution to the Pretty in Pink soundtrack, but the winsome “You and I” perfectly balances bygone influences with originality.

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I tend to avoid effusive praise.

I tend to avoid effusive praise. If I say “BUY-IT-BUY-IT!!! SOOOO GOOOOOD!!!” you might mistake me for a shill, or an uncritical pubescent, or a band member’s mom.

But enough about me, let's talk about you. You're here on iTunes seeking great music, and you aren’t sure you should spend your money on this Paper Route album.

In short, you should. The music is fresh and innovative but still accessible, deep and introspective but still foot-stomping catchy, well produced without being over produced.

Here be true Musicians. Do buy. So good.

Worth the wait

When the creativity and artistry of each member of paper route is so high you can only expect great things. Todays pop music is cluttered with thoughtless catchy beats that will not stand the test of time. Not to mention most if not all chart topping songs are usually not written or produced by the artists themselves. We find ourselves in a sad time in the music industry. Paper Route is the fix. The not only write, produce, record, their material, they are also able to promote it with homemade artwork. These songs combine all the good that is in Pop, electronic, and rock music and mixes it all together nicely. These songs not only have depth but can be melancholy or joyful depending on how you listen to the song. This album right here will stand the test of time. In one word Brilliant!

Calculated Perfection

Paper Route is a band full of extremely talented professionals who know exactly what they want and how to make people fall in love with every song they write. "The Peace of Wild Things" is perfect in every way. This album has been my most anticipated album of the year and it does not disappoint one bit! Please go buy it and support talented musicians who deserve recognition. They are the nicest guys in the music industry and deserve every bit of success that comes their way. Thank you, Paper Route, for creating music that I will cherrish forever.


Formed: 2004 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Blending digital-age pop/rock with ambient electronics, Nashville's Paper Route got their start in the summer of 2004, when founder Chad Howat began assembling tracks in the middle of the night in an attempt to battle his insomnia. Encouraged by his creations, he recruited friends and former bandmates J.T. Daly and Andy Smith to collaborate on this new work. Following some further contributions, the trio soon completed enough material for a pair of EPs that they released in late 2006. By this time...
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